Northern resident orca whales (Orcinus orca), near Campbell River, Vancouver Island, BC Canada

Love Our Oceans

The mission of the SCCA is to seek protection for lands and waters of significance to the preservation of biological diversity and to undertake public education about the importance of preserving and enhancing biological diversity.

Our work applies to both saltwater and freshwater marine ecosystems, including nearshore and shoreline habitats/ecological communities that border the greater Sunshine Coast region.

Take Action

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a national conservation program that provides Canadians the opportunity to take action in their communities wherever water meets land, one bit of trash at a time.

Usually, these cleanups are organized for a large group of people to meet at a particular location, on a scheduled date and time. Because of COVID-19, cleanups may look different in 2021 than they have in the past. Find out how you can participate here.

What's At Stake

Those of us who aren't scuba divers may not be aware of the abundant ecosystems under the ocean surface around the Sunshine Coast.

Watch the beautiful short video Life Beneath the Surface on YouTube, to experience this stunning world, that needs our protection. It's bound to inspire you!

What We've Achieved So Far

Reflecting on the World Oceans Day Film Festival 2021

World Oceans Day has typically been a perfect opportunity for the SCCA to engage with its members and the public with an in-person event, celebrating the diversity of the ocean and encouraging people to take action to protect it. This year, the SCCA collaborated with the Green Film Series to offer something slightly different, but remained true to the values and purpose of this internationally celebrated day.

From June 4-8th, we offered the World Oceans Day Film Festival, which brought together a selection of thought-provoking films and local expert facilitators to illustrate the history, current threats, and successes of ocean conservation on the Sunshine Coast and beyond. With the financial support of the District of Sechelt, we were able to offer this event for free, and saw about 275 people sign up to view the films and watch the webinars.

The webinar series covered topics such as eelgrass meadows, Southern Resident Killer Whales, and forage fish. Each of these webinars was recorded and can be viewed at any time on the SCCA YouTube channel. We are so grateful to our expert facilitators for sharing their passion and expertise with our community.

How you can get involved:

We gratefully acknowledge that this event was hosted on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including theSquamish, Shishalh, and Tla’amin Nations.

This event was supported by the Community Investment Program grant from the District of Sechelt.

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Updates on Oceans

World Oceans Day Film Festival June 4-8th, 2021

2 June 2021

In celebration of the United Nation’s World Oceans Day, the SCCA is launching our first ever film festival, in collaboration with the Green Film Series and the District of Sechelt.  Every year on June 8th, people from all across the planet celebrate the many ways our global ocean benefits our lives and become inspired to protect it. In past years, the SCCA has presented a Sechelt Oceans …

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SCCA attends Oceans Protection Plan Forum 2021

25 February 2021

2021 marks the last year of the federally $1.5B funded, nation-wide Oceans Protection Plan (OPP). Dianne Sanford and Angela Kroning, from the SCCA Marine Committee, attended the 7th Pacific Dialogue Forum held virtually Feb 17-19th to learn of the progress made on the initiatives relating to the creation of a world-leading marine safety program and …

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Glass Sponge Reefs protected in Howe Sound

8 March 2019

9 Glass Sponge Reefs in Howe Sound are now protected under 8 new marine refuges of approximately 3.5 square kilometres! Announced on Tuesday, March 5th by Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson and MP Pamela Goldsmith Jones, this permanent protection for the fragile reefs are the result of diligent work by organizations, citizen scientists, the Squamish Nation …

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Join us for our third annual Oceans Day celebration!

23 April 2018

  The SCCA is pleased to be partnering again with the District of Sechelt to present the third annual SECHELT OCEANS DAY! Saturday, June 8th, 12 – 4 pmFriendship Park – where Wharf Ave meets the Ocean Enjoy an afternoon of FREE family fun featuring ocean-themed activities and games on the downtown Sechelt waterfront. Pick up …

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Sechelt Oceans Day June 10th!

31 May 2017

To celebrate World Oceans Day, we’re pleased to be joining forces with the District of Sechelt to present the first annual Sechelt Oceans Day! 12 – 4 pmSaturday, June 10th, Friendship Park & Trail Bay Waterfront You’re invited to enjoy an afternoon of FREE family fun featuring ocean-themed activities and games at Friendship Park and the downtown …

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Humpback Comeback! First Talk of SCCA 2017 Speaker Series

7 March 2017

As part of our 2017 Speaker Series, we are pleased to host ‘The Marine Detective’ – Jackie Hildering, of the Marine Education and Research Society, for an informative and entertaining presentation on the remarkable comeback of Canada’s Pacific Humpback Whales. Wednesday, April 5th at 7 pmSunshine Coast Arts Centre: 5714 Medusa St., SecheltEntry by donation …

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